Greek Introduction


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The kids are reading/listening to the Percy Jackson books this summer. We're going to be studying the ancients with CC in the fall, so I figured why not have some fun with it? They loved the first book, and I'm going to the library today to get the second. They can't wait! I love books that grab their attention like that.

(Honest book review see this post: Percy Jackson)

These books are getting us excited about Greek, and Latin. So we're going to go ahead and get started! I've used Mounce's Basic Greek for years now, and it's a solid program. No it's not for kids, but just as in my Latin approach, I'm aiming for this curriculum so I'm going to give the kids a head start by introducing the memory work now, and later they will start the Mounce's without much trouble.
First up, is memorizing the alphabet. It's so fun to learn to write the Greek alphabet, but I guess it's a lot like learning the English alphabet for the kids. Here's some free flashcards. Here's another page that gives lots of links and information about the alphabet. (That page is a wealth of information, I can't wait to dive more into it!)

We'll use the Spalding method for memorizing the letter sounds and formations, with the addition of the letter name. This guy has a video of how he writes the letters, in case you need some extra help here. (I write some of the letters differently, so if you can figure it out yourself, go ahead!) The Spalding method has the student writing the letter while saying the sound, and looking at the letter while saying the sound with flashcards. I'll start with alpha, we'll look at the card and say "alpha ah," and then practice writing it while saying "alpha ah."


Another resources, if you have time to wrestle with a book, for learning Greek and Latin is Climbing Parnassus. I got through a little more than half way before the baby was born. Since then....well, I'm finally coming out of the baby fog I get after having a baby, and I'll be able to pick it back up soon. And I always tell my students when I'm teaching Greek that one reason to learn Greek is because of the translations. After I teach them the alphabet, I show them the name of the book of James in our NT. It might take a couple of minutes, but we slowly sound it it. Yacob is how it sounds in Greek. There isn't a James in the Greek NT, instead Jacob the brother of Jesus, was given the name James to honor King James when the NT was translated to English in 1604-1611.
Here's a Koine Greek New Testament, in case you want to look it up.

Here's another Greek grammar, for free on the Kindle, A Greek Primer for Beginners in New Testament Greek. Reviews say it is more for someone who is already familiar with Greek, but the beginning looks helpful nonetheless.

I hope this helpful! What have you used to learn the Greek alphabet?

4 comments

  1. Greek is always on my list, in the drawers, and ready to go. It's just the cherry on the top here, and we haven't really made much exploration with it yet. I keep hoping it is soon, but my girls are still young { 10, 8, 6 }. I think that once I stop using all the fluffy worksheets from the other subjects I might be able to get this subject fitted in more regular. Yep, I think that might be the way to go for us. I love NT Greek as a subject. :o)

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  2. That book is definitely one that I need to read! We have not done any Greek, but I hope to do it at some point! Any advice when to introduce Greek if you are already doing Latin? Do both at one time? Get a good hold on one before introducing the second?

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    1. You know, I don't think kids have quite the same problems we do in mixing subjects. Especially with just memory work, because the goal isn't for them to understand it, but just to recognize it and know it. So it doesn't matter that a = a in Latin and alpha = a in Greek (sorry I can't figure out how to use the proper letters!). Eventually, they will pull the memory work out to use at the proper time. And by then, they will be able to see which one they need. Does that make sense? My point is, you can start Latin and Greek at the same time, or whenever you so wish! The kids will be able to differentiate later.

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